Wednesday, June 19, 2013

THE BOYS= (('79, To Hell With the Boys ))

Originally released in 1979, "To Hell", the Boys' third album, was recorded in a small Norwegian town called Hell (hence the album title's pun), and is probably the most consistently great album of their career. Though they have always been considered a punk band, a quick listen to any of their albums (apart from their debut) shows them to be the ultimate power pop band: great songs, tons of energy, and a powerful wall of guitars. What more could you ask for out of a power pop band? Kicking off the set is "Sabre Dance" (yes, a musical nod to Love Sculpture), which then segues into the awesome "Rue Morgue". Next up is their fantastic re-write of "Knocking On Heaven's Door" entitled "Terminal Love" (which does actually feature a bit of them singing "Heaven's Door" near the end cheeky Boys, eh?). "See You Later" is glam pop at it's finest. The haunting Lennon-esqe ballad "You Can't Hurt A Memory" is quite touching (especially from a group of so-called punks). "Kamikaze" features an agitated heavily accented vocal with a catchy horn section that turns the 'angry' feel of the lyrics into a breezy pop/punk nugget. And so it goes on With five bonus tracks (including their great version of "You Better Move On"), this is a must have for fans of British pop and power pop in general. ~~ by Steve "Spaz" Schnee

trACks:
1.Sabre Dance
2.Rue Morgue
3.Terminal Love
4.See Ya Later
5.You Can't Hurt A Memory
6.Kamikaze
7.Lonely Cowboy
8.Waiting for the Lady
9.Bad Day
10.Independent Girl
11.I Love Me
12.You Better Move On
13.Schoolgirls
14.Rub A Dum Dum (The Yobs)
15.Another Christmas (The Yobs)

Home-Page= http://www.theboys.co.uk/

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